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The effects of different forestry treatments on litter conditions in an oak-hornbeam forest

Vivien Sass, Péter Ódor & András Bidló

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Correspondence: Sass Vivien

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e-mail: sass.vivien[at]uni-sopron.hu

Abstract

The long-term effects of different forestry treatments (clear-cutting, preparation cutting, retention tree groups, gap-cutting) on litter conditions were studied in the framework of the „Pilis Forestry Systems Experiment”. During the four-year period described in this publication, the average litter features of the closed control forest area remained unchanged, however, the treatments significantly influenced all the studied litter-variable (quantity, moisture, pH). Litter quantity was the highest in retention tree groups, although this area was the driest. The lowest quantity of litter was measured in clear-cutting. The treatments had the highest effect on the acidity/alkalinity: pH increased in case of clear-cuttings and a less extent gapcuttings, caused by the increased herbaceous understory cover. We can conclude that moderate partial cutting (preparation cutting) did not change the litter conditions, retention tree groups can buffer the extreme effect of clear-cuttings, and gaps only slightly modify the litter conditions compared to the clearcuts. These results show that continuous cover forestry maintain more favorable litter conditions than rotation forestry systems.

Keywords: Pilis Üzemmód Kísérlet, forest management, litter, gap

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    Sass, V., Ódor, P. & Bidló, A. (2020): The effects of different forestry treatments on litter conditions in an oak-hornbeam forest. Bulletin of Forestry Science, 10(2): 69-82. (in Hungarian) DOI: 10.17164/EK.2020.006

    Volume 10, Issue 2
    Pages: 69-82

    DOI: 10.17164/EK.2020.006

    First published:
    29 October 2020

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